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Tesla is all smiles on 'gigafactory' progress

Posted 3:00 pm U.S. ET, March 6
blogs Gabe Nelson is a staff reporter for Automotive News.
 
For most car companies, a construction delay is an annoyance. But for Tesla Motors Inc., which is betting the company on a $5 billion “gigafactory” for lithium ion batteries in Nevada, it’s an existential fear. Tesla needs a steady supply of cheap batteries to launch the mass-market Model 3, which will be the make-or-break moment for Tesla CEO Elon Musk in his quest to take ele ...
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Why Renault should plan a U.S. return

Posted 2:07 pm U.S. ET, March 6
blogs Lindsay Chappell is the Mid-South bureau chief in the U.S. for Automotive News.
 
France’s Renault brand will eventually return to the U.S. market, I do predict. Not any time soon, I will concede. But sooner or later. To be sure, nobody at the Renault-Nissan Alliance has uttered a word publicly to indicate that this is being planned. And Carlos Ghosn, who runs both Nissan and Renault, has plainly stated that it will not happen. But sooner or later, you have to assume t ...
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BYD heralds its vehicle sales in Japan

Posted 1:04 pm U.S. ET, March 4
blogs Hans Greimel is Asia editor for Automotive News.
 
TOKYO -- Can the Chinese succeed where the Koreans and Americans largely have failed: penetrating Japan’s auto market? BYD Co., the Chinese electric vehicle maker partly owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc., says it has become the first Chinese automaker to sell vehicles in Japan. BYD ballyhooed the transaction as a breakthrough for China’s auto industry that crack ...
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America, land of big spaces, spurs Hyundai Tucson redesign

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, March 4
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Hoping to appeal to American tastes, Hyundai designers pushed to increase the revamped Tucson's wheelbase, add a more upright grille and front end, and pushed the crossover's A pillars back. (DAVE GUILFORD)
DAVE GUILFORD:  GENEVA -- So how do you design a crossover with a name evoking the old West -- that cowboy, cactus, rugged desert terrain ethos? With a strong sense of the uniqueness of U.S. driving and lifestyles, says Thomas Burkle, chief designer for Hyundai Motor Europe. Burkle’s team redid the look of Hyundai’s Tucson in “very intensive cooperation” with design teams in California an ...
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The auto fallout from tax refund delays

Posted 11:45 am U.S. ET, March 4
blogs Jim Henry is a special correspondent for Automotive News.
 
Tax refund season is typically the high point of the year for subprime auto lenders, but so far the early tax refund statistics are down slightly from a year ago. Through Feb. 20, the IRS had processed about 40 million refunds, down 1.1 percent from a year ago. The average refund was slightly higher at $3,210 vs. $3,116 tallied from Jan. 1 through Feb. 21, 2014, the IRS said. Tax refunds seem to ...
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Whatever happens with a takeover, automakers always learn something

Posted 11:00 am U.S. ET, March 3
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Ford gave its aluminum-production system a dry run at Jaguar starting in 2003 with the XJ sedan and then took what it learned back to Dearborn and deployed it in the lightweight 2015 F-150.
RICHARD TRUETT:  Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda and Volvo all have something in common today besides the fact that they were once owned or controlled by Ford Motor Co. All three are starting to blossom again now that they have developed their own unique vehicle architectures, powertrains and technologies, and as Ford-based hardware ages out of production. This is not to say that Ford was a bad corporate parent. In man ...
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In February snow, buyers want 4x4s

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, March 3
blogs Jesse Snyder is opinion page editor at Automotive News.
 
So February U.S. auto sales came in lower than the forecasters figured just a week or two ago. Well yeah! Snow days. Mid-month, most prognosticators were clustered between a 16.6 million and 16.7 million seasonally adjusted annual selling rate, up 8 or 9 percent from February 2014. But storms socked in the Midwest and East last weekend, the peak selling days of the month. So the SAAR ended up at ...
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Ford, Farley hope for success in U.S.-Russian diplomacy

Posted 8:36 pm U.S. ET, March 2
blogs Dave Guilford is a news editor at Automotive News.
 
GENEVA -- In one of those uncanny coincidences, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met at the Hotel President Wilson here Monday to discuss the ceasefire in the Ukraine. A few hours later, Ford Motor Co. held its pre-Geneva show reception at the same hotel. Jim Farley, newly installed as head of Ford of Europe, vowed that the loss-making unit is “g ...
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Russia, weak euro form backdrop for Geneva show

Posted 12:28 pm U.S. ET, March 2
blogs Dave Guilford is a news editor at Automotive News.
 
Automakers don’t overreact to international tensions and currency fluctuations. They’re playing the long game, making decisions that many times will be in place for decades. That’s why the comments coming from auto execs on the verge of the Geneva auto show are so striking. They indicate that, behind the hoopla and posturing at the show, automakers are pondering how two mega-iss ...
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Could Toyota Mirai's hot demand and 2-year backlog undermine its success?

Posted 6:57 am U.S. ET, March 2
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Toyota is painstakingly building the Mirai fuel cell sedan. Thirteen workers churn out just three cars a day. (BLOOMBERG)
HANS GREIMEL:  TOKYO -- Would you buy a car if you had to wait two years for delivery? That’s what Toyota Motor Corp. is asking its customers to do with its Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. It appears the futuristic car is a victim of its own success. The car has been on sale in Japan only since Dec. 15. But orders are already pushing 2,000 units, an executive involved with the project said. That’ ...
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Why does Ford race? Because it can

Posted 3:56 pm U.S. ET, Feb. 27
blogs Jesse Snyder is opinion page editor at Automotive News.
 
DETROIT -- He’s not yet taking orders from Jay Leno for the Ford GT and GT350R, but Dave Pericak still has a full plate. The director of Ford Performance related some juicy details to a rapt Automotive Press Association audience today at the Detroit Athletic Club, fleshing out what the December consolidation of Ford Motor’s various racing and performance operations means for go-fast e ...
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The dream Mr. K offered in the Nissan 300ZX is alive and well

Posted 3:44 pm U.S. ET, Feb. 26
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Yutaka Katayama, Nissan's first U.S. president, is seen with the Datsun 240Z. (NISSAN)
JAMIE LAREAU:  “If I had a Z … ” That’s the opening line to the car commercial that I most remember from my youth. It touted the Nissan 300ZX sports car. So I’m melancholy after hearing that the man behind the car, Yutaka Katayama, died last week at age 105. Mr. K, as Katayama was popularly known, was Nissan’s first U.S president. He was dubbed the father of the Z. He intr ...
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Toyota, Mazda bet against each other in quest for 94 mpg

Posted 4:54 pm U.S. ET, Feb. 26
blogs Hans Greimel is Asia editor for Automotive News.
 
TOKYO -- Japan’s largest auto manufacturer and one of its smallest are betting against each other on divergent paths to the same goal -- an incredible fuel economy rate pushing 94 mpg. Toyota Motor Corp., not only Japan’s, but the world’s No. 1 maker, will be turning to its tried-and-true hybrid technology. Mazda Motor Corp., long constrained by a shoestring budget that won&rsq ...
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Lender groups want answers from the CFPB

Posted 12:15 pm U.S. ET, Feb. 25
blogs Jim Henry is a special correspondent for Automotive News.
 
A letter sent last week by the American Financial Services Association and other trade associations to Richard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, was aimed at prodding the CFPB to publicly respond to a study AFSA commissioned last year. “There certainly has been more than enough time for them to address some of the issues,” Chris Stinebert, CEO of AFSA, tol ...
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De Nysschen, 'Dare' I say, needs a better plan to rebuild Caddy's image

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Feb. 24
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Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen shows off the Cadillac ATS-V. (GM)
RICHARD TRUETT:  DETROIT -- An open letter to Cadillac boss Johan de Nysschen: Fixing Cadillac will be the biggest challenge of your career, a far larger task, even, than breathing new life into Audi. My brother is a perfect example why. He’s 42 and a current -- and very satisfied -- owner of a General Motors product. He’s a voracious reader of automotive publications. He can easily afford an ATS, C ...
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A no-holds-barred online Q&A with Cadillac boss Johan de Nysschen

Posted 3:46 pm U.S. ET, Feb. 23
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Cadillac boss Johan de Nysschen couldn't respond to all of the questions, but he answered many -- and gave it back to some of the smart alecks.
OMARI GARDNER:  Jalopnik beckoned its readers this afternoon to “Ask Cadillac President de Nysschen anything.” They were more than happy to oblige. A day after Cadillac’s “Dare Greatly” advertising campaign showcasing the new top-of-the-line CT6 debuted during the Oscars broadcast, the oft-irreverent auto industry Web log scored an hour of the Caddy boss’ time -- a rare opport ...
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Is an identity crisis the reason behind the Ram pickup's new styling?

Posted 12:14 pm U.S. ET, Feb. 20
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The RAM letters are a stunning 5 inches tall on the tailgate.
LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE:  It’s been nearly two months since I got my first up-close looks at the Ram Rebel and Ram Laramie Limited — the two trims Fiat Chrysler’s truck brand rolled out at this year’s auto shows in Detroit and Chicago. Like a lot of armchair critics online, I’m not a fan of the styling of the two pickups’ front fascias and tailgates, but I’ve developed a theory as ...
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Cadillac has a new brand strategy involving subtlety and fashion

Posted 2:05 pm U.S. ET, Feb. 20
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HANNAH ELLIOTT:  (Bloomberg) -- Bet you never thought you’d utter the words "Anna Wintour" and "Cadillac" in the same breath. Well, think again, bucko. Last week, Cadillac hosted arguably the hottest ticket during New York Fashion Week this season when it allowed Public School to show its Autumn/Winter 2015 mens- and womens-wear collection in the automaker’s new offices at 330 Hudson St. The space is ...
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Japan Toyota dealer hits 2 million milestone

Posted 9:28 am U.S. ET, Feb. 20
blogs Hans Greimel is Asia editor for Automotive News.
 
TOKYO -- It took more than half a century, but one of Japan’s biggest Toyota dealers just passed a major milestone. Nagoya Toyopet Corp. sold its 2 millionth new Toyota vehicle on Feb. 16, making it the first independent retailer from Japan’s top manufacturer to reach that rarified stratosphere. The company, run by CEO Kazuo Oguri, started selling Toyotas back in 1956, when few Japan ...
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Volvo captive finance's plan to help spur sales of Volvo's XC90

Posted 3:30 pm U.S. ET, Feb. 19
blogs Jamie LaReau covers the automotive retail beat for Automotive News.
 
The redesigned 2016 Volvo XC90 is “the big” launch facing Volvo’s captive finance company. Just ask Dan Romagnoli. He is the man responsible for making sure dealers get enough financing support to sell the heck out of the crossover when it goes on sale in May. Volvo wants to sell 28,800 XC90s in the U.S. this year. Romagnoli is CEO of Volvo Car Financial Services U.S. I spoke t ...
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GM Financial-Chevy lease exclusivity seems likely

Posted 11:15 am U.S. ET, Feb. 18
blogs Jim Henry is a special correspondent for Automotive News.
 
There wasn’t much doubt, but General Motors disclosed for the first time in an SEC filing on Feb. 4 that it is considering plans to throw all Chevrolet lease incentives to GM Financial instead of sharing them among GM Financial, Ally Financial and U.S. Bank. GM Financial became GM’s exclusive preferred lease lender for the Buick and GMC brands this month and will take over those dutie ...
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Are flat finance fees inevitable? How to lessen the blow

Posted 11:30 am U.S. ET, Feb. 18
blogs Jamie LaReau covers the automotive retail beat for Automotive News.
 
Flat finance fees are coming. And if you now derive more than 40 percent of your F&I revenue per vehicle from a finance reserve, you’re in trouble. So says Larry Dorfman, CEO of F&I provider EasyCare. He warned that flat fees are on the horizon during a conversation on the sidelines of the National Automobile Dealers Association convention in San Francisco last month. Last week I ...
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Buyers make big bets on dealerships in a seller's world

Posted 9:55 am U.S. ET, Feb. 18
blogs Jamie LaReau covers the automotive retail beat for Automotive News.
 
You know it is a seller’s market when the seller can dictate all the shots, and I mean all the shots. I was speaking to a buy-sell adviser this week, who shared an unsolicited anecdote because this adviser was so awe struck by it. The adviser asked not to be identified, but here is the story: A buyer approached the owner of two dealerships, out of the blue, with an offer in the “tens ...
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Have no fear, Hyundai cracks the fuel-cell code

Posted 11:00 am U.S. ET, Feb. 17
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The biggest issue for Hyundai and other automakers is figuring out how to make and sell fuel cell vehicles profitably. (BLOOMBERG)
RICHARD TRUETT:  CHICAGO -- The valet at the Hyatt Regency hotel rolls up in the hydrogen-fueled Hyundai Tucson and opens the front doors for me and a Hyundai communications executive. Pleasantries are exchanged and then we glide away silently into 10 degree winter weather. If the valet noticed that he was driving the future, he didn’t mention it. Indeed, looking at the Tucson fuel cell vehicle, you wouldn& ...
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National Corvette Museum -- a year after the sinkhole

Posted 10:45 am U.S. ET, Feb. 17
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Eight rare Corvettes were swallowed up by the sinkhole.
GRAHAM KOZAK:  It was just over one year ago that a massive sinkhole appeared on the floor of the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky. Though eight rare Corvettes were swallowed up by the sinkhole, the 20-year-old museum turned the headline-grabbing disaster into a publicity bonanza: Attendance was up 67 percent year-over-year, and the museum seems well-positioned to come out of the whole affair stand ...
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